Ronaldo concern force Real Madrid to keep Robben

Arjen Robben has forced Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to reassess his player sale plans.

Arjen Robben has forced Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to reassess his player sale plans.

Sport says Perez had Robben high on his transfer-list, along with Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart, but the winger's preseason form has forced a board rethink.

Indeed, the inconsistent performances of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema - in contrast to Robben - has convinced Perez to listen to coach Manuel Pellegrini and rule out selling the winger.

Manchester United and Manchester City came in for Robben over the weekend - and were willing to match his £3 million-a-year wages - but Perez knocked back both Premiership giants.

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